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July 23, 2020, 7:30 PM

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Brian Fung / CNN:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including through a subscription model  —  Washington (CNN Business)Twitter (TWTR) is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including by considering a subscription model, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
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Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel says that it has delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months, now 12 months behind the company's internal targets  —  Intel announced today in its Q2 2020 earnings release that it has now delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months relative to its previously-planned release date.
BuzzFeed News:
An inside look at internal strife and dissent within Facebook, as employees warn the company is “hurting people at scale” and reckon with what they've built  —  On July 1, Max Wang, a Boston-based software engineer who was leaving Facebook after more than seven years …
Wall Street Journal:
Some startups that took investments from Amazon or had discussions about them say the company used info it received in the process to launch competing products  —  Some companies regret sharing information with tech giant and its Alexa Fund; ‘we may have been naive’
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Sources: Facebook ceased research into racial bias in Instagram's moderation tools after finding problematic results; Facebook says the methodology was flawed  —  In mid-2019, researchers at Facebook began studying a new set of rules proposed for the automated system that Instagram uses …
Eli Blumenthal / CNET:
AT&T says its low-band 5G network is now available to 205M people, joining T-Mobile as a nationwide 5G network  —  The carrier is also adding 5G access to its cheapest unlimited plan.  —  AT&T's 5G network crossed an important milestone Thursday, with the telecom giant announcing …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Internal doc: T-Mobile to require all new devices to support VoLTE from August 4, and will stop supporting any non-VoLTE phones on its network from January 2021  —  According to internal T-Mobile documents, the carrier plans to rapidly fast track plans to shut down its 2G and 3G voice networks …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass Victus, says it can resist a six-foot drop and has twice the scratch resistance of the previous gen, will debut in a few months  —  Samsung will be the first to feature the new glass  —  Your next Samsung Galaxy or iPhone may soon include the toughest gadget glass Corning has ever created.
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Document obtained via FOIA request indicates Texas AG may be investigating Apple's trade practices as part of a multi-state investigation  —  Multiple states are investigating Apple for potentially deceiving consumers, according to a March document uncovered by a tech watchdog group.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches 80+ free live TV channels across news, sports, film, classic TV, comedy, anime, and more categories, accessible by both free users and subscribers  —  Streaming media platform Plex announced today it's further expanding into live TV with the addition of over 80 free live TV channels accessible …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Report: Trump campaign alleges suppression of political speech after AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile blocked its texts over fears they violated anti-spam rules  —  Campaign texts are annoying but legally murky territory  —  President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is reportedly fighting …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok says it is launching a new $200M fund to pay creators directly for their content  —  The first major monetization effort from the company  —  As TikTok continues to grow in popularity and its personalities become mainstream celebrities in their own right, the company is trying …
Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance and its investors are mulling options like selling just TikTok's US business or splitting off ByteDance's international arm to save US TikTok  —  - Venture investors urge Zhang to sell a majority stake in app  — Time is running short to avoid a crackdown from U.S. officials
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook now allows Messenger Rooms users to live broadcast video calls with up to 50 participants  —  - Facebook announced a new feature that will allow users to live broadcast video calls with up to 50 participants.  — The ability to live broadcast Messenger Rooms calls could pose another threat …
Bill Ready / The Keyword:
Google Shopping goes commission-free for retailers and adds support for third-party providers, starting with PayPal and Shopify  —  Over the past few months, we've made significant changes to help businesses reach more consumers and help people find the best products, prices and places to buy online.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Facebook can now simulate the actions of bad actors using AI-powered bots let loose in a parallel version of Facebook that researchers can then study  —  Bad bots roam free in a parallel version of Facebook  —  Facebook's engineers have developed a new method to help them identify …
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
Hackers attacked GEDmatch servers and caused over 1M of its profiles to be opted-in for searching by law enforcement, which were previously opted-out  —  First GEDmatch, the DNA database that helped identify the Golden State Killer, was hacked.  Then email addresses from its users were used …

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